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Sunday, 17 April 2011

SWAZILAND PROTEST PICTURES - DAY 2

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Swazi police arrives to disperse a group of activists who continued to protest despite a call from union leaders to suspend the action after a police crackdown, on April 13, 2011 in Manzini, Swaziland. Union leaders said they had suspended their protest against King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to re-strategise as fresh arrests and a heavy police presence in the main city blocked activists from rallying. But a crowd gathered at the offices of the National Association of Teachers refused to heed the call to go home, vowing to continue the protest even as police released tear gas to disperse them.


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Swaziland policemen take position to disperse a group of activists pursuing a protest despite a call from union leaders to suspend the action following a police crackdown, in Manzini on April 13, 2011. Union leaders said they had suspended their protest against King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to re-strategise as fresh arrests and a heavy police presence in the main city blocked activists from rallying. However, a crowd gathered at the offices of the National Association of Teachers refused to heed the call to go home, vowing to continue the protest even as police released tear gas to disperse them.


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Swaziland's policemen take position to disperse a group of activists who continued to protest despite a call from union leaders to suspend the action after a police crackdown, in Manzini on April 13, 2011. Union leaders said they had suspended their protest against King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to re-strategise as fresh arrests and a heavy police presence in the main city blocked activists from rallying. But a crowd gathered at the offices of the National Association of Teachers refused to heed the call to go home, vowing to continue the protest even as police released tear gas to disperse them.


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Swazi police take position to disperse a group of activists who continue to protest today despite a call from union leaders to suspend the action in the face of a police crackdown on April 13, 2011 in Manzini, Swaziland. Union leaders said they had suspended their protest against King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to re-strategise as fresh arrests and a heavy police presence in the main city blocked activists from rallying. But a crowd gathered at the National Association of Teachers offices refused to heed the call to go home, vowing to continue the protest even as police threw tear gas in a bid to disperse activists. Unions had called for a pro-democracy demonstration in the main city Manzini to rally against King Mswati III, who is accused of bankrupting state coffers with his luxurious lifestyle in a country beset by poverty, hunger and AIDS.

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Swazi police fire tear gas to disperse a group of activists who continue to protest despite a call from union leaders to suspend the action in the face of a police crackdown on April 13, 2011 in Manzini, Swaziland. Union leaders said they had suspended their protest against King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to re-strategise as fresh arrests and a heavy police presence in the main city blocked activists from rallying. But a crowd gathered at the National Association of Teachers offices refused to heed the call to go home, vowing to continue the protest even as police threw tear gas in a bid to disperse activists. Unions had called for a pro-democracy demonstration in the main city Manzini to rally against King Mswati III, who is accused of bankrupting state coffers with his luxurious lifestyle in a country beset by poverty, hunger and AIDS.


All pictures from Getty Images


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